Food Forest Inspiration – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#41)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, we are talking all about Food Forests! We will share some of our favorite video tours for some food forest inspiration, and our featured article this week, is a great resource for learning how to start one of your own! What is a Food Forest? A food forest is a type of an edible landscape. It is a form of food gardening, where we mimic nature and have many layers of things growing, such as a ground cover, shrubs, under story and canopy with different food crop types planted together. By…

Tomato Cheese Powder – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#40)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article that has introduced me to an AMAZING concoction! Tomato cheese powder! Scroll down for a link to the article! Home Grown Tomatoes Are My Favorite! If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, or if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you might have realized by now that I LOVE me some tomatoes! I grow far too many every year, and use them throughout the year in many different forms. Cheese Is My Favorite! Cheese is also one of my very…

Homestead Favorite Smoothie Recipes – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#39)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am sharing some homestead favorite smoothie recipes, and featuring an article with a delicious spinach smoothie recipe! Smoothies for Health How are you doing with your fruit and vegetable servings per day? I know a lot of people struggle with getting in your recommended 5 plus servings a day. Our homestead favorite smoothie recipes are an easy way to get all those fruit and veggies in. Smoothies are also usually packed with super food which include lots of nutrition, vitamins and minerals that many of us are lacking. So trying…

Seed Starting 101: Planting Peas

Spring Gardening Begins with Peas (Updated February 2020) Soon it will be the first day of spring…..have you got your peas planted yet? Planting peas is usually my first act of getting the garden going for the year. It is the first thing that gets planted outside in the garden in the new year, along with fava beans. Also known as broad beans. Fava beans are simple, just stick them in the ground, down about an 1″ or 2″, and you are good to go. Peas are a little more tricky, so in this article I…

Using Hay and Straw in the Garden – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#38)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, I am featuring an article on different ways to use hay or straw in the garden! Using Hay or Straw for Mulch I have been using straw for mulch in the garden for years and I love it. It insulates over the winter, it suppresses weeds and decomposes quickly, feeding the soil. Yes, sometimes I do have a few weed seeds germinate from the straw, but when this happens, they are super easy to pull out, unlike the clover or buttercup or crab grass that would probably be growing there in…

Seed Starting 101: Planting Pepper Seed

(updated Feb 2020) Today I will be writing a guide on planting pepper seed indoors in winter, and I will also share some tips on how to successfully grow peppers in a short cool growing season!  You may be interested in these related posts: Seed Starting 101: Planting Tomato Seed Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing Our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Some of My Favorite Pepper Varieties for Planting in the Pacific Northwest: I grow peppers in the Pacific Northwest in gardening zone 8b. We have a cool, short…